December 31, 2013

No Pain, No Gain


Living abroad in the past year has given me many things. Great experiences, fantastic friends, superb beauty buys and maybe the thing that reminds me off my past journey the most: the unmissable weight gain. Before you start with the "I'm sure you're just exaggerating" - I'm not. The scale doesn't lie and it tells me I've gotten 7 - 8 kilos heavier than I left for London, which is already 11 months ago (where did the time go!?). I thought you might be interested to accompany on my journey to lose the 'excess' weight on a healthy and responsible way.

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December 30, 2013

REN F10 Smooth & Renew Mask


After indulging in a few too many chocolate Santa's my skin post-Christmas has been a bit congested. My most effective method is my 3 step treatment: exfoliating, clarifying and moisturising, where the first step might be the most important one of all. With many exfoliating masks in the market, REN F10 Smooth & Renew Mask has become my favourite. Gentle, effective and resulting in skin as smooth as a baby's bum - without the diaper rash, obviously.

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December 29, 2013

Give Me a Cuppa


Tea is one of my favourite (hot) drinks, not only because it smells fantastic, but also because of the health benefits it has. Now I'm not talking about the packs of Twinings tea (I do love my Lemon & Ginger and Lady Grey),  but about tea that is brewed from dried tea leaves. As China is one of the best places to get quality and different kinds of tea (I may or may not be a bit biased), I've stocked up on different types of teas when I visited this summer. There are a gazillion sorts of teas which are separated in different categories, where each kind has its own health and beauty benefits. And, errr... when I say different I'm not talking about the different kinds of fruits that are infused in your pyramid-like teabag.


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December 27, 2013

Modern Manners


Lately I've been really interested in etiquette books and with a shout-out from the girls at Man Repeller, I simply had to get Modern Manners. Written by Dorothea Johnson, the person you need to listen to when talking etiquette and Liv Tyler, Dorothea's granddaughter. Together they've teamed up and written down a little book with all things you ought to know regarding etiquette and manners in modern daily life. It was the cover and the name that grabbed my attention, but the inside is not so bad itself. Not at all...

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December 25, 2013

Ancienne Ambiance Reed Diffuser


Merry Christmas y'all! I thought I'd write about something else than beauty to keep the Christmas spirit up (yeah... I don't really see a correlation either, working on that). Although it is quite rare for me to talk about home or lifestyle products - yes, I know 95% of my blog is about beauty - I really enjoy the company of gorgeously home-scents and room decorations. Ancienne Ambiance is a brand I've used ever since I lived in London after I had tried their soaps (I love to put in my closet between my clothes) and recently they launched a range of Reed Diffusers. With my previous experience of their products, I kinda expected already that they wouldn't disappoint me in any way.

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December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!


Ho, ho, ho! An early Merry Christmas and have a wonderful Christmas Eve! Please don't throw rocks at me for my drawing skills, I ain't no Picasso. You better not know I was an art major back in the day... oh well. Just a super short post for now, but I'll be back tomorrow with a long(er) 'un. So if you've had enough boring family chit-chat, do check back tomorrow as a new post will be awaiting you in the morning.

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December 23, 2013

All Good Things Come In Pink


When Homeoplasmine made its first appearance in the BeautyMart halls, it made its first appearance on my to buy list. Surely a lot of products enter my to buy list (on a daily basis even), but a multi-purpose cream that would perhaps even beat my beloved NUXE lip balm and something that's been dubbed the pharmacy version of the cult Eight Hour Cream? Now those words intrigued me. What can I say... Once a product is on my radar, I've got to have it.

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December 22, 2013

EcoTools Fresh & Flawless


I've had my fair share of make up brushes, whether it's from the drugstore or high end - I've tried them all. However, one brand that was both affordable and great in quality is EcoTools. Having discovered them a few years ago, I've been loving their brushes for a long time now. Their Fresh & Flawless set is just another example of why their brushes are brilliant and it's simply a great last-minute Christmas gift.

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December 18, 2013

Just In: b2beauty Sknrg


With my on-going love for honey, I've stumbled on yet a new brand that uses honey as one of their main ingredients. b2beauty is a British brand that believes that skincare should be as organic as possible, and most of their products are 98% certified organic, if not more. I've been trying out their latest range Sknrg for the past few days now, and I can say that besides the brilliant company values, their products speak to my heart as well.

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December 15, 2013

L'Oréal Professional Hair Chalk


Doing something drastic with my hair has always been on my bucket list to do, especially something that involves dye. Pink dye. Sadly for me, as an almost Communication graduate, I'll have to do my thesis at a company and I'm not quite sure how acceptable they'd be with a PR representative with My Little Pony locks. So that where L'Oréal Professional Hair Chalks come in. I obviously got the hot pink shade (Sweet Sixteen).

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December 11, 2013

Just In: Therapi Lemon Myrtle


So with my addiction going on for natural and organic products, I've found a new brand that has once again joined my ever-growing family in my beauty cabinet. Therapi is a recently established UK brand that has incorporated honey as a main ingredient in all of their products. And if you have been following me for a while, you do know I luuurve my honey.

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December 9, 2013

Rene Furterer Complexe 5


By now I doubt that it's a surprise to you that I love all things French pharmacy related. While I am dipping my toes into the hair care world, I spotted Rene Furterer as a must try hair care brand in the industry. Without further ado I researched my way through his products and stumbled upon one that would fit my situation perfectly, that is the Complexe 5. First impressions: lemon in a bottle.

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December 8, 2013

Pai Rosehip Facial Collection



With an unhealthy appetite for anything labeled 'rosephip' and 'facial' I knew it wouldn't take long before I had my hands on the Pai Intensive Nourishing Facial Limited Edition Rosehip Collection from their Christmas gift sets. For some it might look odd to give myself a Christmas gift (which I am opening before Christmas even), but I see it as a small yearly treat that I deserve very well. Especially with my hectic schedule for the past two months my skin has been screaming for a proper pamper. And that is just what the Rosehip Collection brings (and more).

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December 6, 2013

OV Naturals Purifying Tea Tree Facial Oil


I know you must be pretty darn tired of me rambling on about my skin. #sorryimnotsorry While years ago, someone kept whispering in my ear that Tea Tree is great (their words, not mine) for treating acne-prone skin, I've learned the hard way that my skin doesn't quite agree with that particular statement. Being know as a purifying oil, most of the time it's also forgotten that it's very aggressive, making me stray away from anything labeled "tea tree". However, with my recent discovery of OV Naturals Purifying Tea Tree Facial Oil, it might've changed my opinion for the better.

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December 4, 2013

Isabel Marant Splurge


Oh Isabel Marant, you've done it again... I completely forgot about blogging this as these pieces have found a spot in my closet already for a long while, but thought it might be nice to show it to you anyways. Like the saying goes, better late than never. I didn't go all out as I didn't find that many pieces attractive or something I'd wear on a daily basis. I did order the Silk Dress (which Rosie H-W) rocked, but I felt it wasn't really age appropriate for me (i.e. I looked like a librarian). But yes, the pieces that I did get, I'm very happy with and can see myself wearing to Uni, work or when shopping (more after the break).


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December 2, 2013

LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Citrus Lily Candle


I love to have candles all year around, but when the temperature starts to decrease, it kinda becomes a daily staple. While I adore fig and wood scented candles for autumn, I won't say no to a relaxing and floral scent either. LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Citrus Lily Candle is one that fits the latter category. I'm telling you, this has been my study buddy for the past week and manages keeps me on my toes.

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December 1, 2013

Bleach(ed) Hair


I've always wanted to dip-dye my hair in a funky colour, but have yet to find the courage to actually do it. It's the bleach that scares the living daylight out of me. As I have very dark brown-to-black hair, it's impossible to get any colour showing on my locks properly without bleaching it. With the recent launch of Bleach London's at-home dye and bleaching kit, this just made the butterflies in my belly twist and twirl. With a collage of 'dos I really fancy, I hope that I'll gain enough courage to book in for a 'Bleachenders' job soon. Who knows... I'm kinda in the 'new year, new hair' vibe.

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